19 September 2011

BURGESS APPOINTS SONIA PALFREY TO MONACO CHARTER MANAGEMENT ROLE

To meet the needs of its rapidly expanding charter operations and its bespoke charter management service, Burgess has appointed Sonia Palfrey to its Charter Management team.

Joining from Camper & Nicholsons, where she was Director of Charter Management for 9 years, Sonia has more than 30 years of experience in the global superyacht industry. In a career that has spanned roles at Bartram & Brakenhoff, her own management business and joint ownership of clearing house V.E.B. Nicholson & Sons, Sonia has been active in almost all the major global prestigious yachting events and regattas. In addition to work on the America’s Cup, she has been directly involved in the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and the women’s J22 sailing programme based at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island.

Reporting to the Director of Charter Management Neil Moore, Sonia joins the Burgess Charter Management team in Monaco at a time of evolving expansion. The company now has over 80 impressive superyachts under charter management, an increase of 60 per cent over the past three years.

Jonathan Beckett, Burgess CEO, says: “Our already extensive charter fleet is growing fast and includes some of the most prestigious superyachts in the world. Each owner expects and deserves a bespoke charter management service that is specific to their brief, and to their yacht. Attracting professionals of Sonia’s calibre, discretion and international experience is paramount to maintaining the high standards of our charter operations. We are delighted to have Sonia on board with us at such an exciting time in our 35 year history.”